Beverly McIver was born in Greensboro, NC and received a BA in Painting and Drawing from North Carolina Central University and a MFA in Painting and Drawing from Pennsylvania State University. In 2007 she received an Honorary Doctorate from North Carolina Central University. McIver’s work explores personal identity and besides self-portraiture, she is known for painting the people who surround her in every day life. She received several honors for her work including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. A documentary about McIver's life entitled Raising Renee was featured on HBO and nominated for an Emmy award. In 2011, McIver was named "top ten in painting" for Art In America magazine. McIver also has works featured in the Mint Museum of Art & the North Carolina Museum of Art. She's currently a professor of art, art history and visual studies at Duke University.